Monday, May 13, 2013

Report from ... 30.50 Imports (Agent) Tasting - April 29, 2013

30.50 Imports ( is one of the many agents in Ontario and today in the bowels of Barbarian Restaurant, or more precisely, from the wine cellar of Barbarian Restaurant they had much of their portfolio on for tasting ... here are my favourites of the wines I tasted:

Fattoria Casabianca 2009 Chianti Colli Senesi Riserva - $19.95 (Italy)
great value in a delicious Chianti

Peter Zemmer 2011 Pinot Bianco - $16.95 (Italy)
think not Alsace, this one is dry and mineral driven
(*** 1/2)
Peter Zemmer 2011 Muller Thurgau - $18.95 (Italy)
nice grapefruit and mineral character

Mt Rosa Estate 2009 Pinot Gris - $25.95 (New Zealand)
NZ Pinot Grises are coming on strong and this is no exception
white peach and mac apple dominate
(*** 1/2)
Skillogalee 2009 Take Two Shiraz Cabernet - $23.95 (Australia)
this Shiraz-Cab blended is well-balanced and food friendly
cocoa and eucalyptus play a big part along with good acidity on finish
Castello di Verduno 2010 Barbera D'Alba - $24.95 (Italy)
great red licorice notes amongst the fruit
(*** 1/2)

Castello di Verduno 2007 Barbaresco 'Faset' - $49.95 (Italy)
plenty of cherry and spice in this one
Domaine Michel Mallard & Fils 2009 Ladoix 'Le Clos Royer' - $49.95 (France)
fruit forward Pinot with floral notes; well balanced with a long pleasing finish
Chateau Barrejat 2010 Seduction - $19.95 (France)
this is a well priced madiran wine that's well named
it seduces the palate with lovely dark fruit; very tasty, great value

Sivipa 2010 Moscatel de Setubal - $14.95 (Portugal)
simply lovely with gentle fruit bordering on tropical with
candied orange peel notes and great spice and acidity on the finish
(**** 1/2)

Bodegas Tradicion NV Pedro Ximenez, 20 Year Old - $105.00 (Spain)
I'm a sucker for PX Sherry and this one is creamy and sexy
(**** 1/2)
Wine not pictured:
Roots Run Deep Winery 2009 Pinot Noir, Educated Guess - $29.95 (California)
black fruit oriented with sweet licorice and red cherry backing (****)

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